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- 2006 BMW 330Ci Coupe
Of course, he could always open a little Political Science shop.
Last Monday, a week ago, took the wife's 2011 X3 to the dealer for regularly scheduled maintenance. Oil change and spark plugs, plus a few other things. 75K miles. Estimate was $550.
I knew that rear brakes were a possibility, but the call I got later that morning was a gut punch.. The new total estimate? $2750.
I won't go into the gory details, but one of the items was the belt tensioner pulley. I think it's spring-loaded or hydraulic or something like that. Anyway, it was losing it's "spring", and wasn't keeping the belts taut. "We really need to fix this, because the belts are starting to work their way off of the pulley, and if that happens, you'll be stuck on the side of the road".
The car had a recall that involved the body shop, so they had it all week. Picked it up on Friday. Final bill was $2685. (Rear brakes, leaking transfer case seal, aforementioned other items).
Fast forward three days later to Tuesday. My wife calls and the car is dead in the busiest intersection in town. And, the "wrench" symbol is flashing. She was very, very happy. Towed it to the dealer. Get a call the next day. Tech had installed the tensioner improperly, and the belts had come off the pulley. It's like the service advisor was psychic!
I've seen a couple of A3 TDIs in Florida.
You want me to call her for you?